Girls more stressed in high school than boys

Stress related to school is most common among secondary school students in Sweden, Statistics Sweden (Statistiska centralbyrån) reported on Monday.

It is more common for girls to place high demands on themselves and be stressed about homework and tests than it is for boys, the agency reported.

In the Living Conditions Survey of Children, 1,100 were asked pupils were asked if they felt stressed by different things related to school. The answers revealed that it is most common for children to be stressed by homework and tests.

Among students at the upper elementary and lower secondary level, 25 percent of children reported that they are stressed about homework and tests. Among upper secondary school students, 75 percent of girls and half the boys expressed similar worries.

Other sources of stress included high demands from parents, teachers and demands placed on themselves. An equal number of girls and boys felt their parents and teachers place high demands on them.

This was more common at the upper secondary and pre-university levels than in middle school. Stress from high demands on oneself is also more common among older children than younger ones, as well as among girls than boys.

In upper secondary school, 60 percent of girls and 37 percent of boys say they feel stressed because of high demands on themselves concerning school.

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